Quotations of Wisdom

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Cullen Hightower

The true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success . [Q460]

Scott Nesler

You can't force a point of view. You can only guide it with the clarity of your perspective. [Q181]

Václav Havel

The truth is not simply what you think it is; it is also the circumstances in which it is said, and to whom, why, and how it is said. [Q1773]


He was a wise man who invented beer. [Q883]

Bill Clinton

We can't afford to double down on trickle down. [Q2014]

Marshall McLuhan

Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior. [Q1457]

Wendell Berry

In the effort to tell a whole story, to see it whole and clear, I have had to imagine more than I have known. [Q1339]

Marie Curie

After all, science is essentially international, and it is only through lack of the historical sense that national qualities have been attributed to it. [Q325]

Dennis Kucinich

We have weapons of mass destruction we have to address here at home. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Unemployment is a weapon of mass destruction. [Q1599]


An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. [Q773]

John Searle

In many cases it is a matter for decision and not a simple matter of fact whether x understands y; and so on. [Q1186]

John F. Kennedy

Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others. [Q1503]


Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens. [Q887]

Senator Paul Simon

One of the things I have learned in life is that violence breeds violence. Just as citizens should exercise self-restraint, so should government. Those who represent a threat to society should be jailed, but don't incarcerate our consciences with the death penalty. [Q1722]

Ward Cunningham

Top down hierarchies make communication work when it is expensive, I hope that wiki can be a flagship in this move in the industry to produce computer support for this kind of work and evolve organizational forms. [Q1012]

William Hall

We go on and on about our differences. But, you know, our differences are less important than our similarities. People have a lot in common with one another, whether they see that or not. [Q1204]

Stefan Zweig

Fate is never too generous even to its favorites. Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed. [Q1299]

Scott Nesler

A spelling mistake should not diminish a valid argument. [Q1252]


You don't have to like a man to drink his liquor. [Q1557]

Mark Twain

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. [Q1278]

Abraham Joshua Heschel

Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. [Q662]

Albion W. Small

Modern sociology is virtually an attempt to take up the larger program of social analysis and interpretation which was implicit in Adam Smith's moral philosophy, but which was suppressed for a century by prevailing interest in the technique of the production of wealth. [Q999]

Galileo Galilei

Where the senses fail us, reason must step in. [Q944]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. [Q405]

Carl Sagan

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces. [Q230]

Senator Paul Simon

Thoughtfully re-examining positions that often are based on emotion more than anything should be part of the search for truth. And careful analysis should include looking at the context and culture and times in which those who wrote ancient documents lived. [Q1691]

Blaise Pascal

If man made himself the first object of study, he would see how incapable he is of going further. How can a part know the whole? [Q589]


Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort. [Q819]

Mohandas Gandhi

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. [Q558]

Alexis de Tocqueville

The main business of religions is to purify, control, and restrain that excessive and exclusive taste for well-being which men acquire in times of equality. [Q963]

Uncle Tom's Cabin

The capitalist and aristocrat of England cannot feel that as we do, be­cause they do not mingle with the class they degrade as we do. — Page 151 [Q1899]

Jean-Luc Picard

You can commit no mistake and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life. [Q172]

Ken Kesey

Take what you can use and let the rest go by. [Q1506]

Ibni Sina

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit. [Q1922]

Albert Einstein

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. [Q19]


It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode. [Q2100]

Michel de Montaigne

I do not speak the minds of others except to speak my own mind better. [Q1167]

Ed Hobbs

You've got a gift Roy... but it's not enough - you've got to develop yourself. If you rely too much on your own gift... then... you'll fail. — The Natural [Q1216]

Jonas Salk

Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun? — In answer to Edward R. Murrow's question, who owns the patent on this vaccine? [Q484]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Sometimes the role of government is to save capitalism from capitalists. [Q1876]


Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. [Q1404]

Woody Guthrie

Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow. [Q355]

Barbara Deming

The longer we listen to one another - with real attention - the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions. [Q379]


Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish. [Q671]


From my example learn to be just, and not to despise the gods. [Q1578]

René Descartes

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. [Q1123]

Mustafa Kemal

In the face of knowledge, science, and of the whole extent of radiant civilization, I cannot accept the presence in Turkey's civilized community of people primitive enough to seek material and spiritual benefits in the guidance of sheiks. The Turkish republic cannot be a country of sheiks, dervishes, and disciples. The best, the truest order is the order of civilization. To be a man it is enough to carry out the requirements of civilization. The leaders of dervish orders will understand the truth of my words, and will themselves close down their lodges [tekke] and admit that their disciplines have grown up. [Q1931]

Buckminster Fuller

Computers can remember accurately and can cope with and integrate the vast amounts of all known, relevant information on complex problems, uncopeable with prior to the computer. What we had prior to the computer were respected opinions and only-selfishness-conditioned reflexes on how to cope. Though an opinion might be wrong, there was no practical and convincing way to prove it. Unchallenged , the opinions became respected precedent, then exceptionless concepts, and sometimes even civil and academically accepted social law. [Q123]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side. [Q410]

Margaret Mead

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess. [Q947]

David Brooks

When you cover politics, you realize that knowing how to talk about character matters more and more. The way we hold ideas is more important than the ideas. [Q470]

Margaret Mead

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. [Q950]

Kathleen Parker

Politics - Even when you win an argument based on half-truths, the people lose. [Q1665]

A. J. Muste

We cannot have peace if we are concerned only with war. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life. [Q1868]

Scott Nesler

What is at conflict is an inner turmoil preventing the expression of a personal oppression. The media thrust conflict upon us and we gravitate to it as it is our own. We must see the tangency of these arguments and utilize them to express a broader solution. [Q1303]

Jack Kerouac

Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion. [Q2098]

David Foster Wallace

This diagnosis can be done in about two lines. It doesn't engage anybody. [Q984]

Scott Nesler

Truth is found in the journey. Facts are often road blocks. When the answer is traversed it is discovered the question was never asked in the first place. [Q2023]

Albert Einstein

Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination. [Q401]

Edward B Titchener

Empathy [Q2048]

John Maynard Keynes

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking. [Q37]

Jimmy Wales

People are not fundamentally bad. It only takes the smallest of correctives to take care of that tiny minority that wants to disrupt the community. [Q218]

Vince Lombardi

Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing-the result. [Q2062]

Aloysius P. Martinich

A philosopher once said, 'Half of good philosophy is good grammar.' [Q2088]

Pablo Picasso

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. [Q604]

Theodore Roosevelt

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. [Q1287]

Buckminster Fuller

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference. [Q109]


So potent was religion in persuading to evil deeds. [Q1563]

Galileo Galilei

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. [Q933]

Thomas Paine

Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it. [Q271]

David Foster Wallace

It can become an exercise in trying to get the reader to like and admire you instead of an exercise in creative art. [Q983]

Anne Rice

Morality is what matters to me, it's being a good person and when you put forward a religion that says belief in Christ alone saves and has nothing to do with morality, well to me that is immoral. [Q1911]

John Maynard Keynes

Ideas shape the course of history. [Q94]

Brian Kernighan

Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it. [Q1408]

Bryant H. McGill

One column of truth cannot hold an institution of ideas from falling into ignorance. It is wiser that a person of prudence and purpose save his strength for battles that can be won. [Q716]

Master Po

Superstition is like a magnet. It pulls you in the direction of your belief. [Q55]

Bryant McGill

Where wise actions are the fruit of life, wise discourse is the pollination. [Q1381]

Oliver Wendell Holmes

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live. [Q1084]

John Maynard Keynes

There is no harm in being sometimes wrong- especially if one is promptly found out. [Q36]


I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. [Q777]

Adlai Stevenson III

The air waves are in the public domain; but the government increasingly represents the private domain. [Q1859]

Woodrow Wilson

Since I have entered politics I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States are afraid of something. They know there is a power somewhere. A power so subtle, so organised, so complete and pervasive that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. [Q1971]

Henry A. Wallace

This dullness of vision regarding the importance of the general welfare to the individual is the measure of the failure of our schools and churches to teach the spiritual significance of genuine democracy. [Q463]

Edward de Bono

The sheer ability of journalist to comprehend different fields is usually limited, so they have to fall back on three basics: the human angle; some gimmick aspect; attack. The prime purpose is not exposition of the subject but journalistic 'interest'. The ludecy is clear. Commercial democracy has its own ludecy. The larger the readership or the viewership the higher the advertising rates, so the search for the mass market is necessary. Clash and controversy are intrinsically more interesting than agreement, so disagreements have to be played up and emphasized. Scandals are fun, so personalities rate more than substance. — Page 266, Chapter titled, "Communication", I Am Right You are Wrong [Q2032]

Marshall McLuhan

Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America - not on the battlefields of Vietnam. [Q1473]

Frederick Douglass

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. [Q438]


Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. [Q840]

George Mitchell

Why do they believe as they do? Why do they act as they do? Is there something to their position that I don't understand or that I've been wrong about? The most disturbing thing now is the rigidity of some - you know, 'We are right, we are 100 percent right, and if you disagree with us, you're not just wrong, you're not an American.' [Q2013]

Albert Schweitzer

To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic. [Q69]

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. [Q407]

Thomas Paine

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately. [Q266]

Bill Gates

The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. [Q1292]

Marshall McLuhan

A commercial society whose members are essentially ascetic and indifferent in social ritual has to be provided with blueprints and specifications for evoking the right tone for every occasion. [Q1444]

Noam Chomsky

The United States is unusual among the industrial democracies in the rigidity of the system of ideological control - "indoctrination," we might say - exercised through the mass media. [Q161]

Orrin G. Hatch

For almost two decades we alternated as Chairman and Ranking Members of the Senate Labor Committee, now called the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. During this time we were able to come together in a bipartisan fashion to craft some of this nation's most important health legislation. — Referring to Ted Kennedy. [Q284]

René Descartes

I think; therefore I am. [Q1117]

George Berkeley

That one idea may suggest another to the mind, it will suffice that they have been observed to go together, without any demonstration of the necessity of their coexistence, or so much as knowing what it is that makes them so to coexist. [Q1441]

Leo Tolstoy

War on the other hand is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it. [Q1063]

Scott Nesler

Never let go of your dream and don't assume someone will develop the essence of your thought. Until you see your idea in reality, keep pushing forward. [Q665]

Swami Vivekananda

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. [Q1146]

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